Keynotes & Panelists

Keynote speakers

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Dr Quinn Eades writes at the nexus of feminist and queer theories of the body, autobiography, and philosophy. He is published nationally and internationally, and is the author of all the beginnings: a queer autobiography of the body. Eades is a Lecturer at La Trobe, as well as the founding editor of Writing from Below. He is currently working on a fragmented autobiography of his body titled Transpositions.

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Morgan Carpenter, photographed as part of the series “Visibly Intersex” by Del LaGrace volcano

Morgan Carpenter is an advocate and consultant on bodily diversity issues, and a social and technology policy researcher.Morgan is founder of an international Intersex Day project, a co-executive director of national intersex organisation OII Australia and a consultant to Global Action for Trans Equality (GATE). Morgan has played an active role in systemic advocacy on federal anti-discrimination legislation and a Senate committee inquiry into involuntary or coerced sterilisation. Morgan participated in the first intersex expert meeting held by the UN in 2015, and has moderated a presentation on intersex to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Morgan is also an advisor to the first international Intersex Human Rights Fund, managed by the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. He has also advised multiple UN agencies, a Council of Europe inquiry into the rights of intersex people, the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions, and the UN

Panel discussion on bodily modification, consent, and bodily autonomy:

Morgan Carpenter, Zoey Campbell, Mai Lang, David McDonald, Aileen Kennedy, and Travis Wisdom. Chaired by Quinn Eades.

Dr Dave McDonald is an ongoing Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social and Political Sciences. Dr McDonald’s research has examined representational and imaginative practices associated with paedophilia and child sex abuse from a critical criminological perspective. His doctoral research, completed in 2012, examined social, cultural and legal representations of paedophilia, the contemporary fascination associated with such offending, and a range of punitive legal responses recently established in response to this. Dr McDonald’s current research is primarily concerned with quasi-legal mechanisms of justice. This work seeks to expand understandings of what such mechanisms may, or may not, offer in the context of enduring criminal legal failures in adequately responding to historical and/or institutional child sex abuse. Through this work he is seeking to propose a broader frame of responsibility and recognisability that may accommodate more nuanced institutional critiques that encompass sites including the family, and normative masculinity more generally. This research expands upon concepts of collective proximity, timeliness, affect, and critically interrogates how responsibility and culpability might be conceived more holistically. Dr McDonald also has research expertise in the areas of policing studies, misconduct, corruption and oversight.

Aileen Kennedy spent ten years in legal practice and seven years in legal academia prior to commencing at UNE in 2003. In 2006 she completed her LLM at the University of Sydney. Her research is in the area of health law, currently focussing on the law relating to cosmetic surgery, female genital mutilation, voluntary amputation and other non-therapeutic body modifications. Aileen is undertaking a PhD in law. Her thesis focuses on regulation of surgery on children and the influence of neuroscience. A focus of her research is on legal and ethical issues relating to biotechnological innovation such as assisted reproductive technology, genetics and neuroscience. She is interested in feminist theory, particularly theories of embodiment.

Travis Wisdom is a PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide. His thesis investigates legal regulations of children’s bodily diversity and legal approaches to children’s right to physical and mental integrity in the context of intersex genital modification in Australia. He completed a BA in Women’s Studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, MA in Human Rights, Globalisation and Justice at Keele University, and a LLM in International Law and Human Rights at the University of Birmingham. His research interests relate to human rights, particularly the rights of the child, and the socio-legal regulations of bodily transforming procedures, including male and female genital cutting, intersex genital modification and sex affirmation procedures. He is a co-author of the Rationalist Society of Australia’s white paper on genital autonomy, which condemns all forms of non-consensual, medically unnecessary genital modification and calls upon Australian law to protect all children from such procedures.

Zoey Campbell is an active advocate for the Transgender and LGBTIQ community in South Australia. She (preferred pronoun) has played a strong role in advocating for law reform for the transgender and LGBTIQ communities over recent years.  Zoey has a background as a former public servant in policy and legislative development. She is a board member of the South Australian Rainbow Advocacy Alliance and the co-administrator of a well-known national Facebook network that includes Trans Health Australia and the South Australian Trans Legal Reform Group. Zoey transitioned in 2013.  She recently corrected her birth certificate under new South Australian legislation passed in 2016.

Mai Lang is a parent and bodily autonomy activist. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Sociology from Griffith University and is currently undertaking a postgraduate degree in counselling at Swinburne University. She has special interests in debriefing parenting experiences, birth trauma, grief, and loss. Mai engages birth, breastfeeding and parenting topics through a sociological lens, examining aspects of sex, gender, and deviance. Mai advocates for practitioner accountability and iatrogenic trauma awareness. She writes about navigating breastfeeding journeys for The Mama Collective, which can be found here.

Submit your questions for the panel discussion ahead of time by emailing us at sagenderandsexualitiesconf2017@gmail.com